Saudi nominates woman ambassador to US, amid Jamal Khashoggi murder controversy

Amid Saudi Arabia facing difficulties in the west, the country has now gone ahead and named a princess as its first woman ambassador to the United States.

The country has been facing difficulty after the episode of journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder emerged out in the public domain.

Princess Rima bint Bandar replaced Prince Khalid bin Salman, the younger brother of the powerful crown prince who was appointed vice defence minister in a flurry of late-night royal decrees announced on state media.

After initially denying they knew anything of Khashoggi’s disappearance, the kingdom finally acknowledged that Saudi agents killed him inside the consulate, but described it as a rogue operation.

Princess Rima faces hostile US lawmakers who have threatened to take tough action against Saudi Arabia over the brutal killing amid claims that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman — the de-facto ruler who also serves as the defence minister — was personally responsible.

The Saudi government has denied he had anything to do with the murder of Khashoggi, a royal insider-turned-critic who was a columnist with the Washington Post.

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